Group Counseling

Group counseling is a type of therapy in which several students meet with a trained therapist(s), often focusing on a common goal. Members learn from others' experiences, receive and give feedback, receive support and learn that they are not alone. Groups offer individuals the opportunity to share personal concerns in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Research shows it to be as effective as individual counseling, and for some issues, it can be more effective. Students can benefit from group therapy in many ways:

  • Connect with others facing similar issues
  • Learn and practice new skills in a safe space
  • Share experiences and gain perspective from talking with others
  • Improve self-awareness, self-confidence and social skills
  • Enhance acceptance of self and others

Counseling Services at Sindecuse Health Center offers several groups open to current Western Michigan University students. Most groups meet weekly and are open to new participants. Call Counseling Services at (269) 387-1850 if you are interested in participating. You may have a brief pre-screening appointment with a counselor prior to participation in groups that are not drop-in.

Groups offered

Please call (269) 387-1850 to see if a group is active. If participation is low, a group may not continue to the end of  the semester

Connecting on the Continuum

Fridays 2-3:30 p.m. Open For all LBGTQA+ individuals to come as who they are and gain support on issues of personal relevance. Topics covered can include identity development, coming out, gender expression, relationships, family issues, as well as socio-political concerns like multiple oppressions and discrimination.
Facilitator: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT, NCCD

Coping with Grief and Loss

Mondays 10-11:30 a.m.  Open A group designed to support participants and help them to find resilience as they cope with the loss of a family member.
Facilitator: Grace Orlando, LMSW and Becki Beronja, LPC

Courage Over Comfort: Empowering Women to rise

Thursdays 1-2:30 p.m.  Open Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. If you identify as a woman, please join us as we explore our strength, courage, and power in a society that tells us we are only as good as other people tell us we are.
Facilitator: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT, NCCD and Grace Orlando, LMSW

Grad Student Support Group

Thursdays 1–2:30 p.m. Open A safe zone where graduate students can share experiences and support for one another. A few common themes include the stress of graduate school; procrastination; deciding whether or not to stay in a program; problems with advisers or committees; and financial strain.
Facilitator: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT, NCCD

Mindful Meditation

Fridays 11-12:30 a.m. Open Learn to manage stress and anxiety by applying mindfulness techniques to make everyday life more calm and open to enjoyment. For students who feel their stress and anxiety make coping difficult.
Facilitators: Grace Orlando, LMSW and Danielle Standish, Ph.D., LP

Sister Circle

Fridays 2 to 3:30 p.m.OpenAll women who identify as a visible minority are invited to join this support group. Participants will explore the intersection of race, gender, orientation, socio-economic status, and relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
Facilitator: Danielle Standish, Ph.D., LP

When Parents Have Problems

Fridays 12:30–2 p.m. Open For students struggling with a mentally ill or addicted parent.
Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC

Women of Color

Fridays 2 to 3:30 p.m. Open All women who identify as a visible minority are invited to join this support group.  Participants will explore the intersection of race, gender, orientation, socio economic status, and relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
Facilitators: Danielle Standish, Ph.D.

WTF: Emotional Survival Skills

Fridays 10–11:30 a.m. Open Emotion skills crash course. Learn emotional regulation, stress management, and interpersonal relationship skills in a supportive environment.
Facilitator: Phil Johnson, LSW and and Meghan Cupka, LPC